FBI: Man who struck Ohio diners with machete was from Guinea

Police talk inside the Columbus, Ohio, restaurant where they say a man attacked several people with a machete on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. They say the man fled the scene and was later fatally shot by police. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An FBI spokesman says the man who attacked people in an Ohio restaurant with a machete and later was fatally shot by a policeman was from the West African nation of Guinea.

Spokesman Todd Lindgren said in a statement Monday that it would be premature to discuss what motivated the Thursday attack or details of the investigation.

Authorities haven’t released many details about the attacker, 30-year-old Mohamed Barry, or his background. A police spokesman said information connected to the registration of the car Barry drove triggered an alert that required contacting the local terrorism task force, which contacted the FBI.

The Columbus police chief has said Barry wasn’t known to police.

Four people were hurt in the assault at Nazareth Restaurant and Deli, on the north side of Columbus.

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